PE-backed Lund buys Bushwacker

Lund International, a portfolio company of Highlander Partners, has acquired Bushwacker. No financial terms were disclosed. Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC provided financial advice to Bushwacker in the transaction. Based in Portland, Oregon, Bushwacker is a maker of branded vehicle accessories.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC (“DCF”) acted as exclusive financial advisor to Bushwacker, Inc. (“Bushwacker”) in its sale to Lund International, Inc. (“Lund”), a portfolio company of Highlander Partners. Bushwacker is a designer, manufacturer, marketer, and distributor of branded aesthetic and protective vehicle accessories that are sold through both aftermarket and original equipment channels. The deal closed on Jan. 20, 2015.

DCF previously served as buyside advisor to Bushwacker in its acquisition of Stampede Products in 2012.

“We are excited to partner with Lund International and believe that the Bushwacker brand will be a strong complement to Lund’s existing product lines. Deloitte Corporate Finance has been a close partner and strategic advisor for many years, demonstrating unwavering commitment to our company and preparing our leadership team for success in all aspects of the transaction process,” said Russ Morgan, CEO of Bushwacker.

“We are very pleased to have worked with Russ Morgan and his management team on this transaction. Bushwacker will serve as a strong complementary acquisition, with a shared culture of innovation and customer service. We are excited to have played a part in this strategic transaction,” said Lorin DeMordaunt, managing director and consumer and retail group lead of Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC.

About Bushwacker, Inc.
Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Bushwacker is a manufacturer of premium, branded vehicle accessories. The Company’s robust product offerings include a variety of fender flares, bedrail and tailgate caps, vehicle cladding, bumper protectors, wind deflectors, and hood protectors marketed under both the Bushwacker and Stampede brand names. Through its dedication to innovative design, profitable growth, and brand development over the past 40 years, Bushwacker has successfully forged strong relationships with suppliers and customers. In 2012, the Company undertook a key strategic growth initiative in its acquisition of Stampede Products. For more information, visit www.bushwacker.com.

About Lund International, Inc.
Lund International Holding Company is a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of branded automotive aftermarket accessories for a full assortment of passenger cars and light trucks, as well as the heavy truck category. Its products include Ventvisors®, hood shields, floor mats, fender flares, tonneau covers, storage boxes, and running boards, among others. Lund offers the industry’s broadest range of functional body and appearance products that provide customers with ways to customize and personalize their vehicles. For more information about Lund, please visit www.lundinternational.com.

About Highlander Partners
Highlander Partners, L.P. is a Dallas-based private investment firm with over $1 billion of assets under management. The firm focuses on making investments in businesses in targeted industries in which the principals of the firm have significant operating and investing experience, including basic manufacturing, food, chemicals, building materials, consumer products, and others. Highlander Partners uses a “buy and build” investment approach, creating value by helping companies grow organically and through acquisitions. For more information, visit www.highlander-partners.com.

About Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC
Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC (DCF) provides strategic advisory services and M&A advice that help corporate, entrepreneurial and private equity clients create and act upon opportunities for liquidity, growth and long-term advantage. With an in-depth understanding of the marketplace and access to a global network of investment bankers, we help clients confidently pursue strategic transactions in both domestic and global markets. DCF, together with the Corporate Finance Advisory practices within the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited network of member firms, include in excess of 1,900 professionals, who work collaboratively across 150 international locations. With our significant experience providing investment banking services across key industries, we are able to offer our clients solutions that help them to achieve their strategic objectives. For more information, visit www.investmentbanking.deloitte.com.